How To Avoid Choking On Politics At Thanksgiving Dinner

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STAFFING HIS ADMINISTRATION DURING THE THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY.

AND WHILE THANKSGIVING BRINGS FAMILIES TOGETHER OF COURSE, IT ALSO BRINGS DIFFERENT POLITICAL VIEWS TO THE TABLE.

SO WE TALKED TO SOME VIEWERS ABOUT THE CONVERSATIONS THEY ARE BRACING FOR TOMORROW.

QUITE A DAY.

ANSWERS TONIGHT ON HOW TO DEAL WITH THE POTENTIALLY AWKWARD THANKSGIVING.

A NEW NATIONAL POLL SUGGESTS MORE THAN 30% OF AMERICANS ARE STRESSED OUT ABOUT TALKING POLITICS THIS THANKSGIVING.

AND WHILE IT MAY BE TOUGH TO GO COLD TURKEY ON THIS YEAR'S ELECTIONS, THERE'S STILL A WAY TO AVOID THE POLITICAL SIDE SHOW.

Reporter: EVIDENCE A MORE THAN A YEAR OF POLITICAL SQUABBLING -- SHE'S A TERRIBLE EXAMPLE FOR MY SON AND FOR THE CHILDREN IN THIS COUNTRY.

HE HAS NO REAL STRATEGY FOR CREATING JOBS, JUST A STRING OF EMPTY PROMISES.

Reporter: THE ELECTION WILL LIKELY BE ON THE MENU AT THANKSGIVING DINNER.

THAT'S NOT A QUESTION.

THAT'S AN EXPECTATION.

Reporter: EXPERTS SAY THERE ARE WAYS TO MANAGE EXPECTATIONS TO KEEP EVERYONE HAPPY.

IF THE PARTY DOES TURN TO POLITICS, AS A HOST, DON'T BE AFRAID TO SET SOME GROUND RULES.

LIKE WHAT TOPICS ARE OPEN FOR DEBATE, AND IF THE DEBATE GETS HEATED, CHANGE IT, OR TRY SETTING TIME LIMITS, EVEN IF JUST TO KEEP CONVERSATIONS SHORT.

OUR FAMILY, WE HAVE ALL OUR DIFFERENCES.

IT WILL PROBABLY BE A SHORT CONVERSATION.

Reporter: IF YOU'RE A GUEST, COME WITH JUST A FEW TALKING POINTS.

OFFER ALTERNATIVE TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT OUTSIDE OF THE POLITICAL REALM.

AND ALSO IDENTIFY PEOPLE WHO ARE YOUR TRIGGERS AND TRY TO AVOID THEM.

OUR FAMILY MEMBERS ACTUALLY SHARE DIFFERENT IDEAS ON THE TABLE AND FEEL LIKE IF WE START TALKING ABOUT THAT, IT WILL PROBABLY NOT BE A GOOD ENDING.

Reporter: FOR SOME, THANKSGIVING DINNER MIGHT BE THE PERFECT TIME FOR THE FAMILY TO COME TOGETHER TO DISCUSS IMPORTANT POLITICAL TOPICS.

IT WILL AFFECT OUR IMMEDIATE FAMILY I WOULD SAY.

IN MANY ASPECTS, DEMOCRATIC, REPUBLICAN HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWS.

THAT'S SOMETHING THAT'S IMPORTANT TO TALK ABOUT.

Reporter: BUT EVEN THEN, DON'T TAKE THE BAIT.

EXPERTS SAY YOU DON'T HAVE TO ENGAGE IN EVERY TOPIC.

AND REMEMBER, THANKSGIVING DINNER IS NOT THE PLACE TO SOLVE ALL POLITICAL DIFFERENCES.

SAVE THE HEATED DEBATE FOR ANOTHER TIME.

SOME OTHER ADVICE.

EXPERTS SAY IF POLITICS REALLY GET OUT OF HAND, YOU CAN ALWAYS USE FOOD AS A DISTRACTION, OR MAYBE HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD MUSIC QUEUED OIPDS -- QUEUED AS WELL.

JUST SAY WE'RE GOING TO PUSH.

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